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The Four Royal Stars of Persia   Leave a comment

To understand the four royal stars we need to go back in time to the beginnings of astrology, when the spring equinox occurred when the sun rose in the constellation of Taurus (from the point of view of those watching from Earth). Thus the constellation of Taurus marked the spring equinox and its brightest star Aldebaran ruled the East and the Spring equinox.  Leo marked the summer solstice and Regulus its brightest star ruled the North and the Summer solstice. Scorpio marked the autumnal equinox and Antares the brightest star in Scorpio ruled the west and the Autumn equinox. Aquarius marked the Winter solstice, Aquarius at this time included the Great Southern Fish into whose mouth the waters of Aquarius poured thus its brightest star Fomalhaut ruled the winter solstice and the south.

The stars were considered messengers of the Gods and thus were angels (angel means messenger of God) mal’āk̠ ‘ĕlōhîm; messenger of God. Thus the brightest stars of these constellations were seen as archangels of God.  Michael (Aldebaran) and his angels -the other stars in the constellation of Taurus are described as being involved in a battle in heaven with Lucifer and his angels. Lucifer means light-bringer and was not only used to describe Venus but the moon and the constellations.  We may see this battle as the eternal battle between Aldebaran and Antares in which both Antares and Aldebaran are cast down from the heavens and banished to the underworld by the sun.

Why are Antares and Aldebaran seen as being in battle?  To understand this we need to understand the mythology of Inanna descent into the Underworld.  Inannas descent into the underworld begins when Gilgamesh (the Sun) slays Gudgalana (the heavenly bull) which Inanna has sent against him. Inanna must do this as part of her role as fertility goddess the slaying of the bull at the spring equinox marked the harvest season.  Inanna then descends to the underworld, but she does this knowing she will die, telling her servant that Enki knows the life-giving plant and the life-giving water and that he alone can restore her. She descends to visit her sister Ereshkigal the wife of Gudgalana. Ereshkigal knows she must kill Inanna and insists that Inanna must give up each of her immortal powers as she passes the seven gates, Ereshkigal must kill Inanna because Just as Innana is linked to the Spring equinox and Taurus Ereshkigal is linked to the autumn equinox and Scorpio. Thus Ereshkigal gives up the throne to Inanna as she must do at the changing of the season and when Inanna sits on it Ereshkigal strikes her dead. Inanna’s minister waits three days and goes to Enki who gives her the life-giving plant and water but also tells her that Ereshkigal is sick with labour pains and will give her Inanna’s body if she helps her. Ereshkigal in representing the underworld also represents the soil which gives birth to life, but without Inanna the Goddess of fertility this process is halted and she cannot conceive her children. After Inanna has been given the life-giving plant and water she begins to ascend but cannot leave the underworld without finding a replacement.

Inanna gives her husband Dumuzi as a substitute, his sister Geshtinanna in order to free him goes into the underworld for 6 months at the autum equinox and Dumuzid is free until the spring equinox when he must return.

Inanna and Ereshkigal, Dumuzi and Geshtinanna represent the changes of the seasons which are necessary part of the natural cycle but as one season is born the other must die. The Battle between Taurus and Scorpio is the eternal battle between the seasons.

Thus the fixed stars of Aldebaran and Antares both symbolise the eternal battle and power of nature.  Each is necessary part in the cycle of life. death and regeneration.  From Aldebaran we can learn the power of self-sacrifice for the common good, appreciating the wonders of life and nature with the knowledge that this time is only temporary for all of us and we must make the most of it.  Aldebaran gives us the strength to do what is necessary to ensure growth and renewal. From Antares we learn that death is an important aspect of the cycle of life and is necessary to the continued cycle of birth. Aldebaran helps us understand that there comes a time when we can no longer fight death but must accept it as part of the experience of life and come to terms with our own mortality. It is also important to remember that Ereshkigal and Gudgalana were husband and wife and worked in partnership, the verse in Job – When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy – refers to the acceptance of life and death and the natural cycle.

Regulus marked the summer solstice, the summer solstice occurs in the month of July or Tammuz in the Hebrew calendar, Tammuz is another name for Dumuzi and the solstice marks the midpoint in his stay in the underworld, references in the old testament to people weeping for Tammuz at the temple gates is a reference to the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the high point of the season and in a hot desert climate you can understand why it would be marked by weeping for Tammuz and a wish for his return and cooler days.  Since Regulus is connected to the strength of the sun at its most powerful point, the star is connected to the most powerful of leaders, and is the star of royalty.  We see this connection in past monarchs, Richard the Lion heart, Robert the Bruce as Braveheart, the herat of the Lion Regulus was said to confer courage, strength and bravery needed for a leader. Regulus teaches us to use our strengths and talents whilst they are at their most powerful in order to build up our resources for darker days, and to never be afraid of letting our light shine brightly.

Fomalhaut marked the winter solstice, the point of the longest night and it is at this point that light begins to grow once more. Fomalhaut is thus associated with bringing forth the light into the darkness, in terms of both wisdom and spiritual awakening.  It is at this point the rebirth of the sun was celebrated as its growing strength would soon bring the natural world back to life in the Northern hemisphere.  Fomalhaut teaches us to have faith even in the darkest moments of life.  It teaches us the wisdom of the necessity of preparing for the dark times in life and the importance of sharing our light in the darkest of hours.

©neptunes aura astrology

 

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Posted November 24, 2014 by neptune's Aura Astrology in Fixed stars

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